Information for Respondents


What does SU policy say about sanctions for people found responsible for committing sexual misconduct?

SU policy does not dictate one required sanction for violation of its Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Relationship Violence, and Stalking. Trained University officials will review the findings in each case to determine the appropriate discipline, considering factors such as the need to eliminate a hostile environment for the victim and others, the facts of the specific incident, any prior disciplinary matters involving the respondent, and any mitigating factors.

Disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed include, but are not limited to:

  • written warnings, loss of privileges, mandatory training or counseling, probation, suspension, demotion, loss of annual pay increase, exclusion, expulsion, and termination of employment, including revocation of tenure.

Yes, the sanctions of expulsion and termination have been imposed as the result of sexual misconduct investigations at SU.

What about false reports of sexual misconduct?

A person accused of sexual misconduct has the opportunity to provide his or her evidence to the investigator. If the evidence indicates that a reporting individual made a knowingly false complaint, the investigator will document this in the findings.  Any person who files a complaint knowing it to be false at the time it is made is subject to disciplinary sanctions, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion. A knowingly false claim is different than a claim that cannot be substantiated by the preponderance of the evidence. Studies have shown that knowingly false complaints of sexual assault are uncommon.


Retaliation against a reporting individual or anyone involved in the process is prohibited.

Retaliation may include:

  • Intimidating or threatening a person because such person filed a complaint, furnished information, assisted or participated in any manner in an investigation, review, hearing or other activity related to the administration of university policies.
  • Contacting or threatening other parties and witnesses for the purpose of interfering with the investigation, and encouraging others to contact or threaten parties and witnesses for the purpose of interfering.

Will there be any retaliation for reporting?

SU does not retaliate and prohibits retaliation against people for bringing Title IX complaints or participating in the complaint process. SU will promptly investigate and address concerns that a party or others are engaging in prohibited retaliation.  Further, Title IX prohibits retaliation against people for reporting sexual misconduct and/or participating as a witness in an investigation.

Reporting Concerns to the University

To report concerns regarding Sexual and relationship violence email the Title IX office.

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